Part 1
The
Futhark
Alphabet
Copyright Audrey Fletcher
Adelaide, South Australia
2000
Updated 2010
The Futhark Alphabet is named after its apparent first six letters
F U Th A R K


There are 24 glyphs in the Futhark Alphabet, which  are equally divided into three sets of eight. Each set is called an "Aett".
Significantly "Aett" is pronounced "Eight".

The names of the three Aetts are:
Frey's Aett, Hagall's Aett and Tyr's Aett.
These are determined by the first letter at the left-hand side of each row ...
F H T

Clearly Hagall is the Second Aett but
which is the First Aett? Based on our own experience of writing from left to right and from top to bottom, there is a tendency to assume that Frey's Aett is the First Aett. However, taking into account the Runic secret meaning of the alphabet, I would suggest that the "letters" are meant to be read from right to left and from bottom to top. This would mean that Tyr's Aett is the First Aett, Hagall's Aett is the Second Aett and Frey's Aett is the Third Aett.

Applying this reasoning the First Aett begins with the word "Odin", the father of the gods. A much more logical choice than Futhark.
The Second Aett begins with
Sowilo, the Sun.
The Third Aett begins with Wunjo, the Standard of the gods.


We have just taken the first step in
deciphering the Runic or secret meaning
of the Futhark Alphabet.



The "Runic" Alphabet and the "Futhark" Alphabet are one and the same. The difference in terminology is due to dissimilar interpretations of the writing system.

Inherent in the "
Runic" Alphabet are "Secret Meanings" ... the word "Rune" being derived from "Run" (pronounced roon), an Anglo-Saxon word meaning
"Secret" or "Mystery".

In contrast, the "
Futhark" Alphabet is merely a means of conveying
letters and sounds.

The Futhark Alphabet: letters represented
F
U
Th
A
R
K
G
W/V
H
N
I
J/Y
Ei/ae
P
Z
S
T
B
E
M
L
Ing
D
O
The Futhark Alphabet: sounds represented
These are the  sounds of the letters used when a person is  learning to read and write. Remember your own early school days?
"a" as in "ant"
"b" as in "bat"
"c" as in "cat"
 
and so on ...

This lower case alphabet, the sound alphabet, is always learned first.
The upper case alphabet, the capital letters and their assigned names, is learned
when the student is proficient in using the lower case.

The sounds represented by the Futhark Alphabet are direct descendents
of the Hieroglyphs of the Ancient Egyptians.
f
h
u
th
a
r
c
g
w
n
i
j/y
ae
p
z
s
t
b
e
m
l
ng
d
o
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Ancient Egyptian God of Writing
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